We’ve been on a serious streak here for a while, so let’s start off with some comedy.
Jokes are only funny when they contain an element of truth. And if all you know are lies, then nothing can be funny. If you ever wonder why SJW’s and heathens are not only humorless but are also themselves not funny, well, it’s because they no longer have the ability to discern truth or communicate it to anyone else.
This leads nicely into our main topice today. Sleep is racist.
Black Power Naps is an artistic initiative with components including physical installations, zines, an opera, and more. But it’s also a recognition of the hundreds of years of sleep deprivation that Black people and people of color have experienced as a result of systemic racism, a way to pushback against the false stereotype that Black people are lazy, and an investigation of the inequitable distribution of rest. That lack of sleep has serious consequences.
“I’d been looking at statistics around lower life expectancy rates and how marginalized communities are greatly impacted by that phenomenon,” Acosta said. “Where there are heightened level of stress and cortisol, and a lower life expectancy, sleep and rest are part of that.”
Studies have shown that, for a host of reasons, Black people get less sleep, and less deep sleep, than white people. Sleep loss can cause higher levels of cortisol, as Acosta noted, and can lead to many health problems including early death. But there’s something deeper going on — Acosta explained that sleep deprivation was used as a means of control over enslaved people, meaning Black people haven’t been getting the sleep they need for generations.
“We’re dealing with an inheritance of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation was a…deliberate tactic of slave owners to basically make the mind feeble,” he said. “That same tactic has only evolved.”
To help resolve this chronic lack of sleep, Acosta and Sosa are calling for rest as reparations. Yes, they’re looking for an ease to the many burdens that might prevent Black people and people of color from sleeping like systemic racism, socioeconomic struggle, and more. But they’re also looking for the opportunity to rest and have leisure time — time that will allow people to dream and heal.
“Slavery is a regime of stealing and extraction: Stolen wages, stolen life, stolen land, but stolen time was one of the main things. We need time,” Sosa said. “We need time off, we need time out. Our ancestors never got to take a month off for holidays, they never got to take a sabbatical, they never got to take a nap. When you pile all of those together, you see the reparations that need to happen are monetary, but they’re also time and space.”
I could not agree more. We should give oppressed POC’s all the time and space they need to heal. In fact, we could even designate them huge safe spaces the size of countries to catch up on their R & R free from the oppression of the white man.
This article is published by Teen Vogue, who was degenerate enough last year to tell your daughters that becoming a hooker is a respectable career path. After all, what two consenting adults (not counting the sex-trafficked little children) do in the privacy of a room is no business of yours. Oh, you’ve already heard that one before?
It gets better.
This conversation about rest is particularly pertinent now, as people take to the streets to say Black Lives Matter. If Black people keep having to fight for their humanity, how can they ever rest knowing they could be in danger?
“We are having to go out in the streets during a pandemic, expending our energy in really huge amounts in order to ask for reparations and rest and energy. It is a … double edged sword to navigate as an activist or organizer,” Sosa said. “You are putting your body on the line to reclaim it. That creates a lot of burnout. We have people who are 20, 21, they are burnt out. They need time off. They need not only to sleep, but to know their people are going to be ok, to know they’re going to be ok, to know they can take a break.”
It’s a hard life receiving that $800 a week in unemployment having to go out at all hours of the night to loot stores, vandalize federal property, and assault unsuspecting white people. But, St. Floyd is proud. He’s probably staring down from heaven along with Tupac and Martin Luther King, Jr. drinking some malt liquor saying, “Free At Last.”
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